Thanks to our community of WWEDVDNews readers we now have confirmed details on the content of the new WrestleMania 1-15 DVD re-releases. Are they unedited?
First up, Matthew Periolat got hold of WrestleMania 11-15, which are out early at a number of Walmart stores now. There is no artwork present on the discs themselves. They are plain silver discs with the title of the WrestleMania shown for each and a 2013 copyright notice on the inner rings. For WrestleMania 15 we can confirm the WWF “scratch” logo is shown freely and any spoke reference to WWF is also intact. However, besides this title it would appear the events prior to 15 are the same Anthology issues – these titles will include no audible references to “WWF” and they contain the same edits the 2005 Anthology had.
The initial give away to support this theory is the opening menu and graphics which you’d be familiar with from the Anthology sets. In the case of WrestleMania 14 the old edits are present which you may recall includes the likes of the original DX band singing America the Beautiful removed, and the WWF scratch logo blurred on aprons and signs, covered up by the WWE logo on the lower left side of the screen.
WrestleMania 15 has the new “Then, Now, Forever” opening before it begins and the black ratio bars either side of the event footage, which indicates this is newly produced this year. In contrast, 14 and the older events have the WWE opening from when the Anthology was released. The old “Bodies have been broken” Do Not Try This At Home spot with Chris Benoit has not been changed for these older titles, nor the WWE Entertainment tag to open the discs that dated from when the Anthology discs were made.
We can also confirm that the error observed on the spine artwork of the new WrestleMania 15 DVD at Amazon.com (showing Bret/Shawn image from WrestleMania 12 instead of Rock/Austin) is present on the physical artwork also. You can see that here.
While the WrestleMania 15 disc is a new issue and WWF references are present throughout, there are a number of edits to it such as the Boss Man Hell in a Cell hanging cut out. There are others too, including instances of choking removed. To speculate on why only WrestleMania 15 is “unblurred” out of these new releases, it could be because the WWE already had a DVD transfer of this particular show from the original 1999 release.
Below, site commenter “kidglov3s” gives an in depth comparison of the new WrestleMania 15 DVD next to the Anthology release of that same event.
– With the exception of the ring on the disc not saying Anthology, XIV is identical to the Anthology release. It’s VOB files are dated 2005.
– Wrestlemania XV is a new disc, with VOBs dated January 2013. I did a detailed comparison of the 2005 disc to the 2013 disc. Grossly, the new disc does not blur the scratch logo or the spoken “WWF”. Finkel’s announcements are not dubbed and Tori has her original theme.
– Total running time for 2005 XV: 2:46:23, Total running time for 2013 XV: 2:39:03
– Differences that I found (time based on more complete Anthology timecode):
16:16: 2013 restores a 5 second shot of Holly walking away with the belt cut from 2005
18:39: 2013 extends the bickering of Test and D’Lo when 2005 dissolves to a shot of the audience. 2013 cuts to the audience after one second of bickering, a little before the point of the dissolve in 2005.
49:16: 2013 restores a half second shot of an audience member giving the finger.
50:29: 2013 restores a half second of dead frame as Road Dogg ducks before a cut to the crowd.
1:25:07: 2013 cuts a 10 second shot of Big Pun in the crowd.
1:27:01-1:27:06: Alternate footage. The lead in on both cuts is Tori walking to the ring. 2005 cuts to 5 seconds of video package from Raw, 2013 cuts to Tori attempting to slide into the ring and getting an axe handle from Sable. At 1:27:06 2005 and 2013 are in sync again, with 2005 not showing the axe handle at all.
1:30:57-1:31:06: Alternate angles. 2013 shows this attempt at a Sable Bomb in a single close profile shot. 2005 cuts to a wider profile shot and then to a shot from behind Sable.
1:33:04: 2013 restores an extra 1 second of Lawler before the X-Pac/Shane match graphic, and the graphic runs about 5 seconds longer as well. It’s interesting because in 2005 it flashes to the DX promo, while in 2013 in dissolves to the promo, so in 2005 you can like see everyone with their eyes down, which you don’t notice in 2013 because of the dissolve. By the time the dissolve finishes everyone’s eyes are up.
1:48:18-1:50:50: 2013 removes the Undertaker video package in its entirety, though it does tack on a 3 second shot of the M&M blimp in its place.
1:58:44-1:59:02: 2013 removes Boss Man choking Undertaker, replacing 18 seconds of violence with 3 seconds of Paul Bearer B roll.
2:04:20-2:07:56: 2013 completely removes the hanging of Boss Man, cutting right to the Rage Party.
2:07:59: 2013 is reversed here for some reason, and notice whatever kinda ghosting or overlay is goingon with the WWF logo.
2:08:07: 2013 cuts 30 seconds of the Rage party vignette here.
2:08:52: 2013 cuts a 4 second shot from the Rage party.
2:25:35-2:25:50: 2013 cuts Austin choking Rock, replacing it with a three second crowd shot.
2:45:34: 2013 completely cuts Undertaker/Boss Man from music video, and oddly also the Shawn/Vince stuff afterward, picking up with the shot of The Rock’s entrance.
Some title graphics were not altered for 2005 (Hardcore, Brawl for All), but the ones that were are restored on 2013:
Thanks to all of the WWEDVDNews readers who got involved in confirming this news!
The new WrestleMania 1-15 DVDs are officially released on March 12th. View them all.